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Paul Wesley Benjamin passed away peacefully on May 27, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Born March 23, 1942, in Minneapolis, MN, to John and Agnes (Miller) Benjamin, Paul was the second oldest of four children. He found his career at Supervalu in Hopkins where he held various positions until retiring in 1998.

Paul was a dedicated and hard-working man, but the cornerstone of his life was family. His greatest joy came from spending time with those he loved. He was devoted and supportive, always there to listen and help. When Paul became a grandfather, it was a title he was immensely proud of. His warm and sociable nature endeared him to everyone he met, and they, too, called him Grandpa. He was the epitome of kindness and generosity, making people feel happy and valued, simply by being present. He always put others before himself.

Paul found great joy in the simple pleasures of life. He enjoyed meeting old friends and colleagues for coffee; tinkering in his pole barn with grandkids; feeding all the birds and caring for his property; and, most of all, he loved spending time at his cabin, first in Ashby and then in Long Prairie. Paul loved to fish, and his face lit up watching his great-grandsons share in this simple pastime. He loved the serenity of the lake and marveled at its stillness when it reflected the sky, “Did you see the lake, it looks just like a piece of glass,” he’d always say.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John, and Agnes; sister, Delores Holland; and grandson, David Benjamin.

Survived by his partner, Judith Benjamin; stepchildren, Rebecca Benjamin, and Maria (Dan) Patenaude; grandchildren, Nicholas (Kira Diner) Benjamin, Chris Benjamin, John Marcks, Cassie Marcks; great-grandchildren, Jackson, and Ashton; brothers, Michael (Candy) Benjamin and Allen (Cindy) Benjamin; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held Friday, June 7, 2024, at 3:00 PM with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael (300 Main Street North).

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

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  1. Laura Johnsen

    My Uncle Paul will be missed! I will never forget how excited he was, when he found out my husband and I were building a house in St. Michael, in 1999. When my son Casey was born he would come to our house with a Christmas present for him, matchbox cars and a big matchbox car storage container, for all the cars he would be gifted in the future.❤️


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